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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 Excerpt: ...and renderings, however, will be given only in Telugu; and other than Telugu readers can easily suppose the necessary equivalents in their respective languages. The first and most general feature that constantly arrests our attention as distinguishing English from our Vernaculars is in the order in which it expresses thoughts. The one language seems, in general, to vent ideas in an order just the reverse ofthat in which the others do, even as Arabic and other Semitic languages do in wiiting. When you attempt to translate any English passage into any of the Vernaculars you have almost invariably the curious necessity to begin at the end or with the last convenient part. First of all a typical example may be given. The rock at the top of the mountain. I/xk, how you must begin at the end and end at the beginning. While the Englishman says 'speak to me,' 'I said he had come', the Telugu says ir-S ог.г-;4г, »г»cäo й-ОчсЙЯ aîôa. have beei'. illustrated above seems to me to be more reasonable and accordant to the real order of the ideas in the mind. A great deal of this difference between the two tongues maybe nearly set down as ultimately due to the one being far more inflectional than the other, which expresses most of its relations by independent words; and it may be laid down as a general rule that whenever the relation between two things is expressed, the order of the words has to be reversed between English and Vernacular. Another characteristic of English that would seem on reflection almost grotesque is to be found iu some of its verbs. There are many verbs in English which require man as their subject and make him seem an agtnt where he is only perfectly passive and...
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